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  • RALEIGH, N.C.-- Insurance companies want to increase North Carolina homeowner's policies by an average of nearly 18 percent next year. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Wednesday that consumers have until Oct. 19 to offer their views on the request by the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents insurance companies.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- Facebook Inc is letting users in the United States pay a fee to boost the visibility of their postings on the social network, the company's latest effort to look beyond advertisers for revenue.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Biolase Inc. soared Wednesday after the maker of medical lasers said that U.S. and European Union regulators have approved its newest dental laser.

  • NEW DEAL: Bristol-Myers Squibb and France's Sanofi are revamping their longtime partnership marketing some of their best-selling medications, blood thinner Plavix and blood pressure drugs Avapro and Avalide. THE TERMS: Bristol-Myers will keep selling Plavix in the U.S. through December 2019.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. "I think we're in a wait and see mode, we are awaiting minutes and then all eyes will be focused on the payroll data," said Sean Simko, senior portfolio manager at SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

  • The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it asked Teva to withdraw Budeprion XL 300 after new testing showed the drug releases its key ingredient faster than the original drug Wellbutrin XL 300, made by GlaxoSmithKline. The action contradicts the FDA's previous update on the issue in 2008, when regulators said the drugs are essentially the same.

  • Oct 3- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today said its issue-level rating on Loveland, Ohio- based integrated packaging solutions company Pro Mach Inc.' s credit facility is unchanged. The company is proposing to add $40 million to its existing $255 million credit facility, for an aggregate of $295 million.

  • Oct 3- Health insurer Highmark Inc wants a state court to block any possible deal talks with rivals involving Pennsylvania's West Penn Allegheny Health System, which last week ended a planned $475 million alliance with Highmark.

  • Less than three months remain until the maximum rate of 15 percent on long-term gains rises to 20 percent unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts. On top of that, the health care reform package imposes a new 3.8 percent Medicare tax on the investment income of high-income earners.

  • Oil fell the most in five months on Wednesday as China's slowing economy raised questions about the strength of global oil demand. Benchmark oil fell $3.75, or 4.1 percent, to $88.14 per barrel Wednesday in New York.

  • *Lawyer to amend suit, file new charges with California authorities. *New twist in case that shook up Silicon Valley By Sarah McBride. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- A sexual harassment lawsuit that has rocked Silicon Valley has taken another turn, with the Kleiner Perkins Caufield& Byers partner who filed the suit saying the firm told her on Monday to "leave and not come back."

  • Brent November crude fell $3.40, or 3.05 percent, to settle at $108.17 a barrel, having traded from $107.67 to $111.36.

  • --U.S. gaming operator Cannery Casino Resorts closed on $590 million in new senior secured credit facilities to refinance its existing debt.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine Housing Authority board members say they'll continue scrutinizing the housing agency's operations and finances following a federal audit that found it failed to provide adequate oversight for its Section 8 program.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. crude futures fell $4.00 in post-settlement trading on Wednesday as disappointing economic data from China and Europe reinforced concerns about slowing growth and curbed demand for oil and pressured prices.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.-- Connecticut's athletic director says the university is looking for a sponsor to step forward and secure the naming rights for its planned basketball training center and has no plans to name the building after newly retired basketball coach Jim Calhoun.

  • DENVER-- The manager of a Denver Chipotle restaurant has become an Internet celebrity thanks to the wide-eyed pose he struck alongside Mitt Romney when the Republican presidential candidate stopped by for lunch. Marty Arps, 20, posed for a group photo with Romney and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. employees Tuesday afternoon.

  • WELLINGTON, Oct 4- Following are some of the lead stories from New Zealand metropolitan newspapers on Thursday. How to pluck $100,000 out of thin air: Rental fees for thin air are adding more than $100,000 a year to the city coffers.

  • EWING, N.J.-- Antares Pharma Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to sell 12.5 million shares of its stock for $4 per share, raising about $47 million after expenses. Shares of Antares fell 37 cents, or 8.4 percent, to $4.03 in afternoon trading Wednesday. It has traded between $1.51 and $5.58 in the last 12 months.